We are much closer to Meredith than Andrew Jackson. My kid could walk to school if she went to Meredith, but I assume would have to take a bus to go to Meredith. That sucks. I'm hoping the catchment expands by the time she is school age, but if it doesn't we may consider renting a studio or something like that in the catchment. I work from home, so I could use it as an office too.
Rather than spend 9 years without playdates, birthday or slumber parties for fear that one of the other parents will find out where your primary residence is and drop a dime on you?
As a current Meredith parent I don't think I would.... in fact I know I wouldn't.
I know of two families who actually moved into the Meredith catchment area just so their kids could attend on an above board basis. The are renting, but never the less made the move for real. I don't have a kid in the school, but if i did, I would drop a dime in a second on the scammers. No different than I would on all the NJ registered cars whose owners actually live in Philadelphia, but keep the cars registered in NJ at parents' or other relative's address to save on insurance money while they take up parking spaces. I just can't stand scammers. Catchment areas are designated for many reasons, one among them being the school's enrollment capacity. Kids that don't belong there take up space, resources and teacher time that the kids who do belong there are entitled to. I suggest that if you don't like your catchment area's school, either work to improve it or move.
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School District nearing sale of old West Philly High, other vacant buildings | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
The moneymen at the Philadelphia School Partnership etc. sure do like throwing their money at new construction projects but renovations and additions, especially for district schools, not so much. No surprise as PSP's founder made his money in real estate. It's expected that the Education Services Building will sell and be turned into apartments or condos.Take Jeff Hornstein, the president of the Queen Village Neighbors Association.
Hornstein says the single biggest thing that the upscale South Philadelphia community has going for it is the highly regarded Meredith Elementary School, which helps the neighborhood to attract and retain young, middle-class families.
One of the problems facing Queen Village, he said, is that Meredith is overcrowded. But a potential solution is right across the street: the School District’s vacant Education Services Building at 427 Monroe St.
“Meredith is an oversubscribed school,” Hornstein said. “The School District owns a building 50 yards away. So some people have asked why that doesn’t just become Meredith’s annex?”
Unfortunately, he said, no one from the District has come to Queen Village to listen to those kinds of questions and ideas from neighborhood residents.
Who buys within a school district and doesn't even check out the school? (At which point, you'd ask if your house was in the catchment?) The first hit on google brings up my real estate brokerage's map and I'd still call to double check if the boundaries were at all close to the home at issue. I consider it my due diligence (as a real estate agent but because of who I am as a mom, I would too if I weren't an agent). Of course, if you already live in an area and aren't thinking about having kids and then it happens, I can understand being highly disappointed.
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Bumping this thread since the district announced the school closings. As Annie predicted, no one is being redirected to Meredith. I am at a loss to explain the plan for G.Washington and A.Vare. Washington's program is closing but the building remains open and Vare's building is closing and the program is moving to Washington?? What does that mean? Washington's staff goes and Vare's moves in?
I find it amazing that A.Vare has been open this long. I was a student intern there (in 1973, OMG) and there was talk about closing it back then. It's an extremely old building but was one of my favorite field placements. (I was at Washington, too, for that matter. I spent my lunches sewing buttons on my students' coats. The high rises were still there and I never saw such poorly cared for kids in my life.)